A Far Northern Life

1. Sugar Town Life in Edmonton

2. Life on Main Street Edmonton

3. Finding Employment and Love

4. Spinal Cord Injury

5. Princess Alexandra Hospital

6. Bentley Park

7. James Cook University

8.  Mount Sheridan

9. Cairns Regional Council

10. Queensland Politics

11. Corruption

12.  Political Bullying 

13. Survivors of Childhood Abuse

14. Coal and Climate Change

15. North Stadbroke Island

16. A Woman’s Right to Choose

17. Stalker in Parliament

18. Allies in Brisbane

19. North Queensland State

20.  Rejection, Recovery and Vindication

Rob Pyne: A Far Northern Life 

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Wheelchair Access to Cities

As a person with a disability who has travelled widely, there is no greater frustration then arriving at a destination only to find a lack of wheelchair access. For example, you can’t get from the airport to the train terminal or you find that there is no elevator from an overpass to street level.

This is not a detailed ‘access guide’ but more of a wheelchair access introduction to a few cities:

Cairns 

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Cairns Wheelchair Access for Disabled Travel

Cairns Wheelchair Access for Disabled Travel

Cairns Wheelchair Access is fairly good for the disabled tourist. It does not have the cobblestone and heritage buildings that are the hallmark of so many European destinations. as a result the vast majority of the built environment in this pacific rim city has been constructed over the last one hundred years.

Cairns is a tropical city. People who have disabilities that affect their capacity to control their temperature would be best advised not to visit during the November to March period. Rising temperatures during this period combined with increases due to climate change make it hard to leave an air conditioned hotel.

These links will help you in planning your trip to Cairns.

Transport

Book a flight on Jetradar

Find a Hotel

Cairns Bus Service

Cairns Taxis

Attractions

Cairns Aquarium

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Cairns Esplanade

Cairns Regional Gallery

Cairns Regional Council’s Access for All Directory has a comprehensive list of accessible accommodation, services and facilities. They hope it will make planning your trip to our region less stressful and more enjoyable.

For more information on Cairns Wheelchair Access and to plan your holiday to Tropical North Queensland, visit the official tourism website for Cairns and Great Barrier Reef. You can email the Cairns

Cairns Wheelchair Access
Cairns Wheelchair Access

and Tropical North Visitor Information Centre at info@ttnq.org.au or telephone them on (07) 4051 3588.

There are a great range of restaurants, shopping and level walkways to explore. Tours to the Great Barrier Reef and islands also depart from Cairns.

Cairns is level but if you are using a wheelchair as your main mode of transport I would suggest trying to book accommodation no further than 3 blocks back from the Esplanade. This will mean you are within a comfortable walk/wheel to some of the local attractions.

Wheelchair Access to Cities

Rob Pyne: A Far Northern Life 

Amazon Echo Dot

Amazon seemed the logical place to search for an Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation), Black and I found one without delay.

One of my friends has described me as an ‘early adopter’ but I am only just discovering Amazon and the world of online shopping now.

Amazon is  is the fourth most valuable publicly traded company in the world behind Apple, Alphabet and Microsoft.

Amazon Echo Dot

      • Alexa can be used to play music, control compatible smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms, read audio-books from Audible and much more.
      • Amazon Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device.
      • Echo connects to speakers or headphones through Bluetooth or 3.5 mm stereo cable to play music from Amazon Music Unlimited, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. Play music simultaneously across multiple Echo devices and speakers connected via cable with multi-room music. Services may require subscriptions or other fees; Bluetooth not supported for multi-room music.
      • Echo will call or message anyone hands-free who also has an Echo device or the Alexa App. Also, quickly connect to other Echo devices in your home using just your voice.
      • It controls lights, switches and smartplugs with compatible connected devices from Philips Hue, LIFX, TP-Link, D-Link, Logitech Harmony and others.
      • Echo hears you from across the room with seven microphones for far-field hands-free voice control, even in noisy environments or while playing music.
      • Includes a built-in speaker so it can work on its own as a smart alarm clock in the bedroom, an assistant in the kitchen, or anywhere you might want a voice-controlled device.
      • Echo is always getting smarter – Alexa updates through the cloud automatically. Just ask Alexa to control compatible smart devices, request an Uber, book a restaurant with Dimmi, find a recipe with Taste and more.

Amazon Echo Dot

Online shopping is sure to be the future with all the problems and advantages that brings.

Hopefully my Amazon Echo Dot will make it before Christmas and we will see how it goes.

Rob Pyne: A Far Northern Life 

Where can I buy furniture online?

Castlery Furniture

Where can I buy furniture online? Castlery that’s where!

Castlery Furniture was founded with one ambition – to reinvent how furniture retail works. We design and produce furniture with great aesthetics at a competitive price point, without compromising on quality. By cutting out the middleman and keeping our inventory lean we can keep our costs down and extend the savings to you.

Castlery Furniture cuts out the middlemen, retail markups, warehouses and shopfronts.

Castlery Furniture feat.is our exclusive collaboration with award-winning furniture designers from around the world. Here’s a series of extraordinary, never-before-seen collections – exclusively available at Castlery.

Where can I buy furniture online?

Castlery
We work with the best to get the best. By working directly with some of the best-in-class suppliers in the region, we are able to ensure quality at each and every step of the supply chain.

Castlery Furniture take pride in designing, developing and manufacturing high quality products, at their most transparent value.

Rob Pyne: A Far Northern Life

Smart Home – Smarthome.com

Smart home website smarthome.com is really cool. I have been looking through it for hours checking out the smart things such as wireless controls, modern lighting surveillance devices and access features.

Access features are so great for people with disabilities. I would kill (well not really) for a few hundred $$$ to spend here!

Check them out at https://bit.ly/2OvouhX

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Smarthome.com – shop now!

Smart home is one of the world’s largest home automation retailers. As a result it has become an easy-to-use source for thousands of affordable lighting, security, and home entertainment products that the average do-it-yourselfer can safely install. The smart home team of product specialists strive to deliver the newest cutting-edge products at the best possible prices.

Smart Home

Smart home Labs,. which is owned by Smarthome, distributes products with award-winning Insteon® technology. Insteon is the gold standard networking technology for the connected home. It is a powerful, wireless home-control networking technology. Lighting control, scene lighting, timers, control & status on smartphones and tablets, leak, door & motion sensing and garage door control are some popular applications. Insteon-compatible products are affordable, easy-to-program devices that communicate over your home’s existing wiring and over radio-frequency signals. It is a dual-mesh system that significantly increases signal reliability.

Smart Home ‘Home Control Hub’

If you use a smartphone, you already know how to use Insteon. With the Insteon Hub, controlling and configuring Insteon home automation devices is quick, easy and fun. Hub setup takes a couple of minutes and a few moments per light switch, sensor, etc. – all you need to do is connect it to power and your home’s internet router. Then your smartphone communicates to your Hub from anywhere, and your Hub communicates with Insteon devices throughout your home.

If you are just getting started, consider using an Insteon Starter Kit. It includes a Hub and some of the Insteon most popular product combinations to get you up and running with Insteon home control in no time at all.

smart home
Smarthome.com – shop now!

Rob Pyne: A Far Northern Life

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Mt Sheridan Plaza Opening: A long time coming – here at last!!!

Comments by Rob Pyne:

It has been great to watch the development of Mt Sheridan Plaza into what I believe will be not only a successful shopping centre but also a valuable community meeting place.

As part of the Shier council I had the opportunity to support the final Development Approval for the Plaza and, as a Councillor on the Manning Council, I look forward to attending the opening.

Some shoppiong centres look as if they have been ‘plunked’ into an existying commercial or residential area with little forethought. This is definitely not the case with Mt Sheridan Plaza.

Considerable planning has gone to deliver a facility that does not detract from the amenity of nearby residents. Planners have also considered at length the impact of traffic movements and pedestrian and cycle access to the Plaza and I am confident upon the opening everything will come together to create a great outcome for the owner, tenants and, of course, the customer!

K-Mart almost finished @ Mt Sheridan Plaza!

 

Great to see the new gardens and landscaping going in down at Mt Sheridan Plaza! I know people are looking forward to the K-Mart Opening in just a fortnight’s time!!!

A Far Northern Life